NEWS OF NOTE

  • RRS abstract deadline extended to July 12, 2021. Last chance for all Society, ECI and SIT members interested in presenting in San Juan to submit their abstracts. Join your peers, visit with this year's award recipients, and present your work to the brightest minds in Radiation Sciences. Top-scoring abstracts will be awarded the chance to present during the annual meeting in San Juan. As well as the opportunity to receive travel support!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • To support innovative research seeking to understand mechanisms of chemical toxicity and to identify potential molecular/genetic targets that reduce the acute local and systemic toxic effects of chemical threat agents affecting the skin, lungs, or eyes, the Chemical Countermeasures Research Program (CCRP) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in partnership with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS​), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the National Eye Institute (NEI), recently released two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Chemical threat agents are those compounds specifically identified by the Homeland Security as high consequence public health emergency chemicals of interest. These FOAs encourage health scientists from the broader dermal, pulmonary/respiratory, and ocular research communities, i.e., outside of the chemical medical countermeasures fields, to expand and pursue studies that enhance the fundamental knowledge of chemically-induced morbidities and mortality. These FOAs also encourage research utilizing diverse animal models, advanced biotechnologies, such as organoid tissues, ex vivo studies using human or animal tissues, in vitro cell culture systems, and/or in silico models that may, for example, ultimately support big data initiatives via high-throughput biological screening.  To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please refer to the Scientific Contacts as detailed in the respective FOAs; PAS-21-245 and RFA-ES-21-006.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

·    Microbiome of the ISS Environment Join in Thursday, July 15th from 1-2 pm ET for the final webinar in the NIH-NASA 2021 series! Presentation by Kasthuri "Venkat" Venkateswaran, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology & Planetary Protection Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 

  • RRS 67th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING UNITED IN SCIENCE. San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3-6, 2021. Click here for the preliminary program, and register here!

 

  • The International Conference on the Development of Preparedness for National and International Emergency Response (EPR2021), with be held from 11 – 15 October 2021 in Vienna, Austria. (if COVID-19 restrictions persist the Conference will be held virtually on the same dates). The purpose of the Conference is to foster exchange of information and enhance global awareness on various EPR topics through the discussion of both the progress made at national and international levels and the challenges encountered, by sharing experiences, evaluating current trends, technologies and lessons in EPR and identifying key priorities in further improving readiness for nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies, regardless whether they arise from an accident, natural disaster, negligence, nuclear security event or any other cause. Further information about the Conference can be found here.

 

  • NATO StTARS 2021 Workshop: Software tools for Triage of the Acute Radiation Syndrome: A practical workshop.  November 16-19, 2021. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. This workshop will describe the purpose and function of software tools developed by scientific groups within NATO. These tools either allow an integrated estimation of dose (BAT, WinFRAT), or the prediction of ARS severity based on changes in blood cell counts (H-module) in the first days after an exposure to ionizing radiation. You will be introduced into these tools primarily by those who developed them, so that you will receive firsthand information about their strengths and limitations.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Article: “United States medical preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies”

 

Dr. Andrea DiCarlo and colleagues discuss the United States radiation preparedness, and leverage those lessons learned to enhance readiness for a possible future radiation public health emergency. [21Jun2021 J Radiol Prot.]

 

Andrea Lynn DiCarlo, Mary J Homer, C Norman Coleman

 

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“United States medical preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies”